Mission needing a helping hand

RALEIGH The Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh says it'll stay open until Christmas to collect what they can in an effort to make sure every child has something to open for the holiday.

The organization says more families than ever need help in the Raleigh area this year.

"One girl told me she just wanted some notebook paper, just basic things people are asking for," Helping Hand Mission Director Sylvia Wiggins said. "We're trying to help them out with the help of our community. If we can rally together and help them out it would be a God's blessing."

"It means a lot, because me being a single parent right now, it's hard, it's very hard," mother Tocora Viera said. "And me looking for a job, I keep getting turned down, they're not hiring right now. "Everything is like real hard on me. For Sylvia to come help me, it's a blessing. It really is."

Another young mother says at first she wasn't feeling the holiday spirit, until the mission gave her a Christmas tree.

"Because we didn't have nothing up," mother Dachia Evans said. "Everyone else had lights up."

The Helping Hand Mission hopes to make the season better for many more families to come with the public's help.

"People are going to be coming and we're going to be delivering," Wiggins said. "It's going to be an around the clock task, we're not going to stop until every child has something in the home."

For details about how you can help, visit the Helping Hand Mission's website at www.helpinghandmission.org.

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